ERIC Number: ED314137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Two-Year Comparison of Transfer and Native Student Academic Performance: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 1986 Group.
Heiser, Linda M.; Abbed, Nejla
In 1989, a two-year study was completed comparing the academic progress of community college transfers, senior college transfers, and continuing juniors (natives) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The study samples were comprised of 673 former community college students and 393 senior college transfers who entered UIUC in fall 1989, and the comparison group of 4,850 natives who were continuing juniors in fall 1986. Student records for fall and spring terms from 1986 to 1988 provided data on academic achievement, as measured by mean UIUC grade point average (GPA), academic status, and continuing enrollment and graduation through four terms after transfer. Highlights of the findings include: (1) community college students entered UIUC with a pre-transfer GPA of 4.28, which is slightly higher than the 4.20 of four-year college transfer group and the previous GPA of 3.99 of native students; (2) neither community college or four-year transfers exceeded or equaled their pre-transfer GPA's during the four terms included in this study, while the natives exceeded their prior GPA's for three of the four terms; (3) 80% of the community college transfers and 83% of the four-year college transfers had graduated or remained enrolled after two years, while the comparable figure for the natives was 93%; (4) 41% of the community college transfers and 42% of the four-year transfers graduated during the two years of the study, as did 71% of the 1986 group of natives; (5) 10% of the community college transfers and 7% of the four-year transfers left UIUC for academic reasons, and 7% of the community college group and 5% of the four-year group were dropped; and (6) community college transfers achieved a lower GPA than four-year transfers or natives in a majority of the 12 subject areas studied. Interpretations of the findings, policy considerations and, data tables are included. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Office of School and Coll. Relations.